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Alexander Morozevich vs Andrei Volokitin
"You Could Hear a Pin Drop" (game of the day Jul-27-2006)
Biel Int'l Festival (2006), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-26
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jul-27-06  I3illieJoe: Holly molly Moro has some guts (im tempted to say the less formal b...s) !!!!
Jul-27-06  Marvol: <DCP23> That might not be such a bad idea :-)! Moro's score against the Petroff is considarably weaker than against all Sicilians combined. Only +7 -5 =8.

Oddly and interestingly one of Moro's last losses against the Petroff came in Corus 2005 against Bruzon: Morozevich vs L Bruzon, 2005

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  Mateo: The all variation, based on the sac of the d pawn looks questionable. Although it seems that this was a brilliant win for Moro, I think it was quite an easy game for him. He did not need to find difficult moves. Even was obvious at such a level.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Be7 9. f3 O-O 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. g4 b5 12. g5 b4 13. Ne2 Ne8 14. h4 a5 15. Kb1 Nb6 16. Ng3 a4 17. Nc1 d5 <17...b3, Yagupov (2415)-Loukachouk (2256), 0-1, 2003. The move actually played introduces an interesting sac of a pawn. But it could be rather dubious.> 18. Bxb6 Qxb6 19. exd5 Rd8 20. Bc4 Nc7 21. dxe6 Rxd2 22. exf7+ Kh8 23. Rxd2 <Moro has Rook+Knight+2 pawns vs Queen. This looks in White's favour...> Qc6 <But now Black wins another pawn with a balanced position from the material point of view. Nevertheless, White will have the initiative.> 24. b3 Nb5 <Safer seems 24...ab 25.ab Nb5 (with the threat 25...Na3) 26.Bb5 Qb5 and 27...Rf7.> 25. Bxb5 Qxb5 26. Nf5 <!? Qa4 27.Re1 and White wins the e pawn for the f7 pawn, although this could be a bit risky.> Rxf7 27. Nxe7 Rxe7 28. Rd8+ Re8 29. Rhd1 g6?! <A better idea could be 29...ab 30.ab Rg8, freeing the Queen.> 30. R1d5 Qc6 31. R5d6 Qb5 32. Rb6 < Qa4 33.Ra6! Qa6 34.Re8 Kg7 35.Re5 seems very good for White too.> Qxb6 33. Rxe8+ Kg7 34. bxa4 <Or 34.Re5 a3 35.Re7 Kh8 36.Nd3 with a clear advantage for White.> Qc5 35. Rb8 Qd5 36. Rb5 <36.a5 Qa5 37.Nd3 Qd5 38.Rb4 Qf3 39.Ne5 is in White's favour too.> Qxf3 37. Rxe5 h5 38. a5 <After 38.Rb5 the b4 pawn is lost. This gives a winning game to White.> Qc6 39. a6 Qxa6 40. Re4 Kf7 <40...Qb7 41.Rf4, the b4 pawn is lost anyway.> 41. Nd3 <The rest is easy. Black is condemned to slow death.> Qa3 42. Rf4+ Ke7 43. Rxb4 Kd8 44. Rc4 Ke7 45. Nb4 Ke6 46. c3 Qa4 47. Kb2 Kf7 48. Rd4 Qb5 49. Kb3 Qf1 50. Kb2 Qb5 51. a3 Kf8 52. Kb3 Qf1 53. a4 Qb1+ 54. Kc4 Qa1 55. Kb5! <Good judgment.> Qxc3 56. Nc6 Qb3+ 57. Rb4 Qf7 58. a5 Qf5+ 59. Kb6 Qf2+ 60. Kb7 Qf7+ 61. Ka8 Qf1 62. Kb8 Ke8 63. Rd4 Qf5 64. Rd8+ Kf7 65. Kc7 Qb5 66. Rb8 Qc4 67. Rb4 Qf1 68. Kb7 Ke6 69. a6 Kd6 70. a7 Qf7+ 71. Ka6 Qe8 72. Na5 Qc8+ 73. Nb7+ Kd5 74. Rb5+ Kd4 75. Rc5 Qe6+ 76. Kb5 Qb3+ 77. Kc6 Qa4+ 78. Kc7! Qe8 <78...Qa5 79.Ra5 trapping the Queen.> 79. Nd6 Qa8 80. Ra5 Kc3 81. Nc8 Kb4 82. Nb6 Qf8 83. a8=Q Qf4+ 84. Kc6 Qc1+ 85. Kd7 1-0

Jul-27-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I thought 78.Kc7!! was a really neat move.
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  plang: "I thought 78.Kc7!! was a really neat move."

I agree, very clever.

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  kevin86: I get it now! The pawn that was pinned ignores the pin and sets up a stong attack against the black king.

A very nice finish also-the rook is left hanging but the queen is attacked and rooted from the queening square of white's pawn.

Jul-27-06  outplayer: What a show!
Jul-27-06  filipecea: <The pawn that was pinned ignores the pin and sets up a stong attack against the black king.> Indeed, another nice pun!
Jul-27-06  thermalbrain: Very nice play, tenacious.
Jul-28-06  spirit: why not 26...Bc5?
Jul-28-06  spirit: <kevin86>...and then the queen that was offered reincarnated after and made the other queen suffer!
Dec-24-06  Poisonpawns: Game of the year 2006!
Aug-24-07  Coleman: I love this game. Someday I hope to puul off a win like this. Must have been so tough for Andrei.
Aug-24-07  docofthree: why not queen sac ..78 qxa7 take the rook and white cannot protect his pawns with the king or knight
Aug-24-07  Silverstrike: <docofthree> 78...Qxa7 79.Ra5 wins the Black queen.
Sep-23-07  Confuse: <docofthree> the knight actually does make it there in time, u can check it yourself!
Mar-11-08  mistreaver: Amazing game
Jun-04-08  ezmerin: Lovely endgame with hopeless Queen wandering alone on the board. Brilliant!
Jun-11-08  arsen387: How Moro managed to win this??? Amazing!
Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: maybe one side managed to pin the other...
May-28-09  WhiteRook48: INCREDIBLE!!
Apr-22-10  hellopolgar: moro has balls.
Apr-22-10  whiteshark: Y, o'wise it'd have been <Mora>.
Jul-10-11  dvpjal: Wonderful work by Mateo! Keep it up!

Jul-20-16  skiegazer: Why not 67.Ne5+? It would've allowed a capture of Black's queen much earlier in the game!
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